The Business Travel Magazine April/May 2019

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DEPARTURES

Reality check

HOTEL: RESIDENCE INN LONDON KENSINGTON

THE HOTEL

This 319-suite

for rugs, curtains, a sofabed and feature

aparthotel became Marriott's largest

wall. A number of London-themed

Residence Inn in Europe – and third

photos and artworks adorned the walls.

largest worldwide – when it opened in

The lounge area also had a coffee table,

May last year. It is a short walk from

wall-mounted TV, dining table and

Earl's Court and West Kensington

chairs and access to the roof terrace,

Underground stations and a ten-minute

while the kitchenette was equipped with

stroll from the Olympia exhibition centre.

a small fridge, compact dishwasher,

THE CHECK-IN

I arrived at around

basin, oven, kettle, toaster, dual hob

5pm and wasn't surprised to see a short

and all necessary utensils and crockery.

queue for check-in in the light and airy

Further amenities included a coffee

lobby. It wasn't long before I was heading

machine, iron and ironing board,

for my room albeit after another short

hairdryer and safe.

wait, this time for the elevators.

THE FACILITIES

Complimentary

THE ROOM

There are seven

breakfast (featuring a good continental

room – or suite – categories and I was

and cooked offering) was served in the

range of suites – and the roof terrace

staying in a top-floor premium suite, the

ground floor bar area. There's also a

was a nice bonus. My suite was certainly

main perks of which were more space

'grab & go' pantry, a lounge space with

well suited to longer stays although my

(it's a 30m 2 suite) and a roof terrace

with fine views across London. A lounge

and kitchenette area gave way to a

small bedroom (with wardrobe and TV)

the likes of table football and games

consoles, a small gym and a laundry.

Wifi access is free throughout the hotel.

Guests opting to cook in their suite

THIS IS A WELL-RUN,

SMART AND ATTRACTIVE

APARTHOTEL

patience with the small number of

elevators might be tested at busy times!

THE DETAILS Residence Inn London

Kensington, 181-183 Warwick Road,

and bathroom (with shower but no bath

will appreciate the Tesco superstore

London W14 8PU. Rates start from £99

– hot water took an age to come

right next door to the hotel.

per night (+VAT) including breakfast.

through), all decked out in dark wood

flooring plus various shades of green

THE VERDICT This is a well-run, smart

and attractive aparthotel with a good

Tel: 020 3146 7980. marriott.co.uk

Andy Hoskins

HOTEL: NATIVE GLASGOW

THE HOTEL

Opened in summer

THE ROOM

I stayed in apartment

2018, this 64-unit aparthotel occupies an

103 (Premium One Bedroom) on the

Edwardian property that was once the

first floor, a few paces from reception. It

headquarters of the Anchor Line

felt like three apartments in one, with

Shipping Company (look for historic

the extensive shower room, cosy living

features like the carved nautical

room and large bedroom all having their

emblems on the outside of the Art Deco

own separate doors. The main living

building). It is centrally positioned, on

space featured an iron fireplace, a

Vincent Street, and close to George

comfy three-cushion couch, a large TV

Square and the Gallery of Modern Art.

and a fully-equipped kitchen with an

It’s just 20 minutes (by the Airport

induction hob, fridge, kitchen chairs, and

Express bus) to Glasgow International

washer/dryer. The eye-catching feature

Airport and a short walk from the city's

of the bedroom was a walk-in wardrobe

two central train stations.

that was once a safe – the heavy-duty

THE CHECK-IN

The small reception

door is wedged permanently open.

area is on the first floor, up stone steps

THE FACILITIES

There’s free high-

incorporates original features such as

that have been trodden down by history

speed wifi but no meeting spaces. Two

terrazzo flooring, fireplaces and several

(there is also an elevator). It was Estonia

restaurants are attached to the building.

windows restored by the same family

Independence Day when I visited, which

explained the small bowl of sweets

wrapped in the blue, black and white

colours of that country's national flag.

The receptionist, from Tallinn, was all

I had dinner, with a French theme, in

Atlantic Bar and Brasserie, and

breakfast, a full Scottish affair, in Anchor

Line. Both were fabulous and hearty.

THE VERDICT Native’s first Scottish

THE WALK-IN

WARDROBE, WITH A

HEAVY-DUTY DOOR,

WAS ONCE A SAFE

firm that first fitted them in 1906.

THE DETAILS 14 Vincent Street,

Glasgow G1 2DH. Rates start from

£85 (+VAT) a night for a Studio and £118

a night for a Premium One Bedroom.

smiles but initially there was no record

property provided an ultra-comfortable

There is no minimum stay. Tel: 020

of my reservation or dinner booking.

Both were quickly located.

stay in a spacious apartment. Impressive

is the way the building's conversion

7313 3886. nativeplaces.com

Steve Hartridge

88 THEBUSINESSTRAVELMAG.COM

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